Emirates Announces Airbus A350 Destinations

Daniel Fowkes
06 May 2024
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Emirates has announced the first 9 cities that'll see the newly delivered Airbus A350 as the airline gears up for the arrival of the widebody.

Emirates is gearing up for the delivery of its first Airbus A350 and has announced the first nine destinations to make up the network.

The first A350 is expected to enter service by September 2024. However, the rapid delivery will be felt following this, with 10 new A350s set to join from then through 31 March 2025.

Nine destinations have been selected as the airline looks to offer customers a glimpse at the latest cabin experience and next-generation aircraft. Labelled as a game-changer by the carrier, the A350 is a glimpse into Emirates’ future as it adapts to the ever-changing industry.

With 65 Airbus A350-900s currently on order, the popular widebody series is expected to be a mainstay at Emirates for decades to come. Not only will it offer next-generation cabin features, but the airline adds that the aircraft will aid future growth and align with Dubai’s economic growth targets.

Cities Getting The Airbus A350

Emirates says it’ll deploy its Airbus A350 to Bahrain on a daily service starting September 15 with the view of increasing frequency.

Meanwhile, on September 16, the carrier will deploy the A350 to Kuwait daily, operating as EK853/854.

Emirates further notes that Muscat’s daily flight will be swapped to the A350 from December 1 as part of the Middle East and GCC network.

Across Europe, the Airbus A350 will be deployed daily towards Lyon from December 1. Meanwhile, Bologna will also see service from December 1.

Most notably in Europe, the company says that the A350 will serve Edinburgh as the city returns to the network on November 4. The carrier adds that more details will follow shortly on the specifics of the Edinburgh A350 operation.

West Asia will be another focus point for the Emirates Airbus A350, with Mumbai seeing the aircraft daily from October 27. Amhebadad will also welcome the Airbus A350 daily as EK538/539.

Lastly, Emirates’ fourth daily service to Colombo in Sri Lanka will be served by the A350 from January 2025. Ultimately, these destinations are initially considered the most optimal for the carrier.

However, as more Airbus A350 units are delivered to Emirates, they say to watch their feeds as they announce more destinations the aircraft will serve.

A New Era For Emirates

The delivery of the Airbus A350 represents the beginning of a new era for Emirates as it moves towards the next generation of its fleet.

Additionally, the Airbus A350 will see the company shift away from its current fleet dynamic, including the A380 and 777 family of aircraft.

Emirates has expressed considerable levels of excitement for the arrival of the A350. Notably, the airline cites the capabilities of the aircraft as impressive in allowing new markets to be reached while pressures will be eased on the existing fleet.

An Emirates Airbus A350-900 wearing the revised livery – Photo: Airbus

The first 10 Airbus A350s are expected to offer three cabin classes: 32 Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 259 Economy Class seats. This configuration is touted as the perfect aircraft for the short—to medium-haul market.

Despite the many delivery delays impacting airlines worldwide and even with the A350 jets, Emirates remains adamant that the first unit will be delivered in the coming months. Delivery soon will allow for the commencement of scheduled flying in September 2024.

A Look At The Future Fleet

Thanks to the upcoming acquisition of the Airbus A350, Emirates’ fleet is expected to change over the next several years, with more types incoming.

However, despite the arrival of more next-generation aircraft, Emirates’s overall philosophy, which has led to its long-term success, will not change. The airline is committed to keeping its fleet young wherever possible.

Keeping a relatively young fleet has enabled the airline to stay agile and see fantastic financial results, as the youthful and efficient aircraft it operates are a key part of its success.

While the Airbus A350 is the first step in the airline’s new direction, other upcoming aircraft types, such as the 777X and 787 from Boeing, are also expected to reshape its operations.

As with each aircraft arrival, the purpose of each plane will differ. However, when coming together, the jets will have an overarching purpose of benefiting the network. This is visible with the Airbus A350 and its ability to serve smaller, what Emirates describes as more regional markets where the high capacity of the Airbus A380 isn’t required.

Deploying the A350 and adjusting how it deploys existing units will also ease the pressures on types such as the Boeing 777. These adjustments will free up existing aircraft to reach new markets or boost service to in-demand ones. Additionally, it allows the company to retire older 777s.

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